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IBM LTO 5 Tape 1.5/3.0TB (46X1290)

IBM LTO 5 tape has been designed to deliver exceptional capacity and reliability at a lower cost per GB than other types of storage medium.
Cartridge capacity of up to 3 TB (at 2:1 compression) helps reduce the number of cartridges and the amount of equipment, space and labor associated with tape-based storage. In addition, it helps reduce the time associated with backup and restore operations by reducing the amount of cartridge handling, further lowering operational costs.

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  • Part Number: 46X1290
  • DOT Part Number: IBM46X1290
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 lbs
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  • Provides up to 3 TB (with 2:1 compression) of capacity in a single cartridge
  • Highest capacity tape cartridge built and tested to stringent LTO™ Ultrium™ Generation 5 specifications
  • Available in rewritable and write once, read many cartridge (WORM) models
  • Custom as well as blank and RFID-imbedded cartridge labels available
  • All models support I/T data encryption standards
  • New dual-partition capability designed to enhance the performance of time-encoding applications and support future tape innovations from IBM
  • The ideal green storage for data centers, designed for long data retention and archiving with no power required at rest
  • Designed to help improve read/write reliability by storing IBM’s statistical media read/write analysis on every use of the cartridge when used with IBM LTO tape drives
  • Designed to adhere to widely supported Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium design specifications


Characteristics Linear serpentine recording half-inch cartridge
Media Type Metal Particle (MP)
Cartridge physical capacity 1.5 TB Native; 3.0 TB with 2:1 compression
Rewritable cartridge LTO Ultrium 1.5 TB rewritable Data Cartridge (1500/3 TB*)
WORM cartridge LTO Ultrium 1.5 TB WORM Cartridge (1500/3 TB*)
Physical and magnetic characteristics
Substrate Polyethylene Naphthalate (PEN)
Total tape thickness 0.00025 in (6.4 microns)
Tape length 2776 ft (846 m)
Physical dimensions
Cartridge size 0.441 lbs (200 grams)
Data cartridge weight 4.02 in L x 4.15 in W x 0.85 D (102.0 mm x 105.4 mm x 21.5 mm)
Cleaning cartridge weight 0.254 lbs (115 grams)
Safety characteristics Toxicity: Nonhazardous to human health in anticipated use
Flammability: Self-extinguishing per UL94
Environmental recommendations
Operating conditions 50-113° F (10-45° C); 10-80% RH; 79° F (26° C) wet bulb max
Short-term storage conditions 61-95° F (16-35° C); 20-80% RH; 79° F (26° C) wet bulb max
Long-term storage conditions 61-77° F (16-25° C); 20-50% RH; 79° F (26° C) wet bulb max

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